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Jung-Stilling; autobiographical novel; gender issues; incest; gender performance
In Heinrich Stillings Jugend, Jünglingsjahre, Wanderschaft und häusliches Leben the reader is confronted with ungendered boys, crossing of gender boundaries, and reversal of gender roles. A son becomes his father’s substitute wife, morphs into his own mother, and has to metaphorically give birth to his own self. As a result of his gender performance he is ill prepared for life and becomes a complete failure. This paper explores the lack of Heinrich’s gendering during his formative years, his performance of gender for his father, and the father’s scandalous exploitation of his son.
International Journal of Arts and Commerce
Center For Enhancing Knowledge (CEK), UK
Copyright © 2013 Eckhard Rolz. All rights reserved.
Rolz, Eckhard, "Mama’s Boy is Daddy’s Girl: Eccentric Gender Performance in Johann Heinrich Jung-Stilling's Heinrich Stillings Jugend, Jünglingsjahre, Wanderschaft und häusliches Leben" (2013). Modern Languages and Global Studies Faculty Publications. 8.